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LABOR DAY

September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers

 

Viridiana
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue

 

Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues

MARDI

September 2nd

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium
 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.
Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show

 

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating

MERCREDI

September 3rd

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)

 

The He and She Show
Siberia, 6p.m.
Live stand-up ft. Doug and Teresa Wyckoff, Andrew Polk, Molly Rubin-Long, Duncan Pace ($7)

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)

 

Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)

JEUDI

September 4th

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Octavia Books, 6p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Hidden Treasures: Restaurant Edition
Old U.S. Mint, 6 & 7p.m.

Two nightly tours of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of restaurant ephemera ($20)

 

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

This week ft. Mike Dillon, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

VENDREDI

September 5th

Music Under the Oaks
Audubon Park Newman Bandstand, 4:30-6p.m.

This week ft. John Mahoney Big Band

 

Mark Shapiro: Carbon Shock
Octavia Books, 6p.m.

Journalist’s new book explores intersection of environment and economics

 

Dernière séance
Alliance Française, 7p.m.
A cinema manager turns killer when he learns his beloved theater will close ($5)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
NOCCA Nims Black Box Theatre, 8p.m.

The NOLA Project presents a stage adapation of Ken Kesey’s classic ($30)

 

Foundation Free Fridays: Flow Tribe
Tiptina’s, 10p.m.

CD Release party with Cha Waa, Seven Handle Circus

 

Freddy Mercury Night
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10p.m.

Is this real life? Is just fantasy?

 

Royal Teeth, Coyotes
Freret Street Publiq House, 10p.m.

Local indie pop & rock on Freret

 

G-Eazy
Republic, 11p.m.
Loyola grad returns to his home stage ($20)

Film Review: The November Man


Now is the winter of our discontent, made inglorious summer by another appalling, jejune movie. Films spotlighting a lone middle-age man kills dozens of people while taking a young woman somewhere should not be produced anymore. Alas, the previews for the disapointment that is Novemebr Man promise at least another two films of the formula. Hollywood now makes movies the same way GM makes cars. Sheer size, tradition and intermittent government assistance keep the assembly lines of shoddy products churning.


Intense Experience

New Service Creates Reels for Aspiring Actors



Dream of screen acting? Actor/Director/Entrepreneur Vanessa Cloke suggests finding an agent: no agent, no real acting work. How do you get an agent? That remains tricky, even in a city with expanding performance opportunities. "One of the biggest challenges to even getting an agent out here," Cloke explains over coffee in Mid-City, "because it's becoming extremely exclusive, is if you don't have footage so they can see your acting, if you don't have a resume, if you don't have credits, you probably won't get an agent."


NOVAC Drills PA's at Boot Camp


New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC], working with the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, finished a two-day "PA Bootcamp" this weekend. The "PA" means production assistants, who work on movie and television sets, performing a wide-array of duties. "It's really an entry level view of the film industry for people who are interested in getting in, in any capacity," says NOVAC's Executive Director Darcy McKinnon. "So we recommend it highly to anyone who wants to be in the industry."


Film Review: Kink


After one dismisses the splash and spank of its BDSM subject matter, James Franco produced Kink is simply a film with structural shortcomings. If you don't know what "BDSM" means, by all means drop the term in a search engine. You may not want to do this at work, with kids around, or at a library. The millions of hits that result demonstrate the popularity of the subject matter, but kink never saves or damns Kink. The way that the film is made does the latter.

 


Film Review: The Vivian Maier Mystery


If fine art has a consistent ancillary joy, it's finding great talent suddenly, in quantity. Five years ago, a number of storage locker hunters discovered photographer Vivian Maier. While the elderly Maier lay dying in a Chicago hospital, her life's work got divided a and auctioned off. Buyers wanted not her art, but her suitcases, clothes, the hope of finding hidden antiques. Maier had been a hoarder for decades. She stashe ad more and more items into storage lockers until she finally couldn't afford the bills. Her mental illness and penury are the only reasons she's now had a career ascent akin to Diane Arbus in the early seventies.


Film Review: Closed Curtain's Broken Images of Iran


The fact that Director Jafar Panahi risks being executed by Iran dominates Closed Curtain. The filmmaker already faces a long stint in prison and has been banned for 20 years from filmmaking. However, the 54-year-old filmmaker defied what's an essentially lifetime prohibition with his 2011 documentary This Is Not A Film


Foxy Lady

Lisa Haas Fights Discrimination with Humor



The star of The Foxy Merkins and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same talks to NoDef's Jason Raymond.


Behind the Lens: 48 Hr. Film Project


The 48 Hour Film Project kicked off last Friday evening with teams receiving their instructions and picking their genres out of a hat. The groups gathered in the ballroom of Maison St. Charles, anxious to get started, and knowing that a hectic, sleepless 48 hours lay in store. Submissions of the four to seven minute films had to be submitted no later than 7:30p.m. Sunday.

 


Another 48 Hours

Fast Film Fete Comes to NOLA



The New Orleans installment of the 48 Hour Film Project begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Maison St. Charles Hotel Ballroom (1319 St. Charles Avenue.) NOLA Project Producer Bill Rainey reports that as of last night 48 teams (he insists it's a coincidence) have registered for the two-day competition which gives teams two days to create a movie script and then complete a film at least four minutes, but no longer than seven minutes long. 


Film Review: Boyhood


Blessed Lord Almighty is Boyhood bad: nearly three hours of scene after scene going nowhere powered by tedious, superficial chit-chat. At the two-hour, twenty-six minute mark, Ethan Hawke gets asked "What's the point?" by-then-former-child-actor Ellar Coltrane (perhaps it was the other way around-- I could barely focus on the film by this point). I can't give you a memorable quote in response to this all-too-valid question, and it's a dull, uninspired scene. 


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock